10/21/16 9:22am

Absentee voting "Vote Here" sign - Alexandria, Virginia USA

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordered the voter registration deadline in Virginia extended through Friday, October 21.

Eligible voters may register in one of the following ways:

  • Submit the application online by 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT (Friday, October 21).
  • Register in person at the Office of Voter Registration, 132 North Royal St., Suite 100, before 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21.
  • Download an application,  then print and sign the completed form and mail it to the Office of Voter Registration, 132 North Royal St., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314. Applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, October 21.
  • Voters may check registration status or by contacting the Alexandria Office of Voter Registration at voters@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4050.

All eligible voters who register to vote on before Friday, October 21, will be able to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8.

For more information about registering to vote, please visit this link or contact General Registrar Anna Leider at 703.746.4050.

10/20/16 10:25pm

Luigi Bianchi Made To Measure Trunk Show Hosted at Dash's of Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia

Luigi Bianchi Made To Measure Trunk Show Hosted at Dash’s of Old Town

In a continued effort to be the premiere knowledge-based clothier in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC area, Dash’s of Old Town will host Andrea Benedini of Luigi Bianchi Mantova Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 21-23, 2016 during business hours at their Old Town Alexandria store at 1114 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

Luigi Bianchi, a historic Northern Italian manufacturer, will have one of their fourth-generation company leaders on hand to showcase their latest textiles, patterns, fabrics, trends and techniques. Since 1911, Luigi Bianchi LUBIAM has guaranteed a highly professional and specialized service in custom tailoring.

NOTE: During their Weekend Trunk Shows, Dash’s of Old Town encourages you to call ahead or schedule your appointment via phone or email. Call (703) 299-4015 or email info@dashsofoldtown.com.

“During our signature event I want our clients, old and new, to meet our suit manufacturer and gain valuable insight on the creation of their suits that will meet their personal needs,” owner Victor Dash said. “A custom made suit, using the most prestigious fabrics, refined tailored details and the excellence of Made in Italy, will complete your custom made life, and that’s what I want to give my clients.”

The trunk show will be hosted on Friday and Saturday from 11:00am6:00pm, to Sunday from 12:00pm5:00pm, October 21-23, 2016. There is a savings opportunity of $300-$500. Prices are 30-40% lower than other competitive made-to-measure suit makers. No cost on alterations for Made-to-Measure orders.

10/20/16 4:17pm
2016 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Award Winners (Courtesy photo)

2016 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Award Winners (Courtesy photo)

E. Hunt Burke, Chairman & CEO of Burke & Herbert Bank, was honored on October 19 as the 2016 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year at a sold out Business Awards Celebration, held at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.   (more…)

10/20/16 12:27pm

Albert Bryan Federal Court in Alexandria, Virginia

A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia has ordered the re-opening of voter registration in Virginia immediately due to the Monday incident where a Virginia Department of Elections computer server(s) crashed at 3:00 p.m. through the October 17 midnight deadline for applications to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

The crash potentially blocked some would-be voters from registering. A civil rights group had filed a federal lawsuit against Virginia election officials after the Monday crash.

Senior Judge Claude M. Hilton order is viewed as a remedy for the voters that may not have registered yet. Judge Hilton ordered voter registration reopened effective immediately and registration is to be kept open until 11:59 p.m. Friday.

10/20/16 12:00pm


Alexandria Film Festival commemorates a decade of local, national
and international films with four-day celebration

November 10-13, 2016 – Alexandria, VA

Get your tickets NOW for the 10th annual film festival!

For 10 years, the Alexandria Film Festival has showcased some of the best documentaries, shorts and feature films from the D.C.-metro area, nationally, and around the world.

From November 10th to 13th, the festival returns with more than 40 films, free screenings, discussions, special events, live musical performances, and the Alexandria premiere of season two of PBS series, Mercy Street. Films will be screened at AMC Hoffman Center 22, Market Square and Beatley Central Library. Special events to celebrate independent film will take place throughout Alexandria.

Founded in 2007, the Alexandria Film Festival promotes independent film as a vital part of the diverse and dynamic art scene in Alexandria, Virginia. The four-day event kicks off on November 10th at 7:00 p.m. on Market Square in historic Old Town Alexandria with a free screening of the documentary, Nighthawks on the Blue Highway, profiling local blues band, The Nighthawks, and the challenges and triumphs of four decades in the music industry. The event will feature a live musical performance by the band following the screening.

The festival will continue with a wide variety of fictional narrative and documentary films.

Though the stories and topics are diverse, a few themes have emerged from this year’s film selections. Documentaries focused on the importance of farming, food, and health are featured in this year’s “Foodie Showcase.” Unique stories about athletes are featured in the “Sports Showcase.” Perhaps fittingly, as the festival kicks off just after Halloween, several of the films delve into the supernatural, featuring ghosts, unexplained phenomena and a new documentary that revisits the story of Travis Walton’s alleged UFO abduction, and how the film Fire in the Sky impacted his life and those around him (Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton). Music is another reoccurring theme. Following the opening night screening of Nighthawks on the Blue Highway, the festival weekend features a ‘West Side Story’ remake (West Side Swordy) featuring the music of Deadmau5, and a documentary that unites cultures and celebrates the joy of international folk dancing (Life of Folk Dancing).

(Courtesy image)

10/20/16 10:34am

Dominion Power Substation on Monroe Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia (Image via City of Alexandria)

Construction on new Dominion Power Substation causing nearby homes to shake

We were alerted by several readers to loud construction from the new Dominion Power substation on Monroe Avenue in Del Ray causing their homes to shake.

Here’s an example of some of the texts/tweets we’ve received:

According to Dominion, the new substation will provide additional capacity for future growth in the area and potentially create shorter power outage times during storms and other weather incidents. Dominion apologizes to residents and says the loud work causing the shaking should last only till the end of this week.

(Image: City of Alexandria)

10/20/16 9:50am

Borinquen Lunch Box food truck

This is an update to this post. On May 10, the Alexandria City Council voted to allow food truck vendors to operate in three designated, on-street locations on public property in addition to previously approved off-street locations.

On-street food truck vending was approved in the following areas:

  • 800 block of N. West Street, north of Madison Street, near the Braddock Road Metro;
  • the 1700 block of King Street adjacent to King Street Gardens; and
  • The 2200 block of Eisenhower Avenue, near Mill Road.

We’re keeping tabs on the three locations on a daily basis. Off-street vending is still allowed in Alexandria, Virginia.

Today, (Thursday, October 20), Borinquen Lunch Box is serving off-street in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia at the Hilton Mark Center from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

(Photo via Adam Fagen, on Flickr)

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